indian street food

I’ve loved street food ever since I first visited Thailand back in 2012, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to bypass the amazing smelling stalls in India. There is so much variety that it can be difficult to know what is what. The idea with street food is to have a look at the cooking area to see how clean it is. I found that the hygiene on most street stalls was excellent, the food was served piping hot using the freshest ingredients due to high turnover.


Mumbai is full of amazing street food especially near Crawford Market. The only thing with Indian street food is that it’s so filling I couldn’t eat at every stall. More reason to go back eh?

Masala Chai


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India’s famous chai was something I was so excited about! You can get chai almost everywhere in India, the people selling it are called Chai Wallahs and you hear them calling ‘Chai chai chai’ long before they appear.


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I’m not sure what this is called… but we had it in Jaipur. We joined the small group of men (you rarely see women alone) around a stall in the street. It was a mixture of fried chickpeas with huge chillies (which we didn’t eat) on top.


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The famous Indian snack. These are the best samosa’s I’ve ever tasted, England’s version are nothing in comparison. They pass them over to you wrapped in newspaper piping hot full of delicious spicy vegetables or curried chickpeas.



Vegetables deep fried. So tasty  it’s certainly the non-healthy way to eat vegetables….. You can also have potato and paneer pakora.

Indian Crisps


I found this stall in Jodhpur’s Sardar Market, I bought a selection of different crisps asking the owner for advice. It was a quick and easy Indian snack, though again not the healthiest…. Maybe I should write a blog post on how to eat healthily in India!

Vegetable Rice


This was one of my favourite foods off the street in Jodhpur. It was so tasty and one of the most spiciest dishes I’ve ever had. First time we went there I said to the chef ‘little spice’ and after a few incredible mouthfuls my mouth was on fire. To find out more about this street food visit my ‘where to eat’ blog post.



Bhel is a savory snack with puffed rice, vegetables, peanuts, chutney and coriander powder.

Aloo tikka


Spicy potato croquettes served with tamarind sauce, chopped green chillies, and green peas or chickpeas


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One of India’s most iconic meals, we first ate thali in Jodhpur from a stall just outside the Sardar Market. It cost 20rupees for a plate full of delicious tasting Indian food. It can include: chapatis, rice, pickle, paneer, chutney’s, cabbage, chat and so much more.


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These boiled dumplings originated in Tibet and Nepal but are served all across India. Traditionally filled with yak meat, you can now buy vegetable versions (and those filled with beef and lamb) on street corners with a dip or, in winter, a hot clear soup for dunking. We ate these in Kolkata, Lydia and I liked it though Fran didn’t. We put some really hot sauce on them which then made it inedible…shame.

Dahi Puri



These are everywhere in India! They are puffed hollow biscuits which they fill with mashed spicy chickpeas and yoghurt.

Gol Guppa

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Spicy I first heard about Gol Guppa in my favourite Bollywood film Queen. Unfortunately I didn’t try it in India however I’ve heard they are tasty and very spicy made out of lentils and tamarind.

 Masala Dosa



Mostly eaten for breakfast, it’s made of fermented rice and black lentils forming a pancake filled with potatoes and onions. We tried our first dosa in Kerala.

Chicken Tikka



Boneless chicken pieces marinated in a variety of spices, very famous in England!